Vermont State Police

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Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place after a traffic stop on Interstate 89 southbound Sunday, leaving one man dead.

Will Lambek of Migrant Justice says a traffic stop and subsequent detention of two migrant farmworkers is evidence the state needs to strengthen its fair and impartial policing policy.
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A Franklin County, Vermont sheriff's officer called for the U.S. Border Patrol after he pulled over two Mexican farmworkers for a traffic violation last August. 

Members of the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit shot and killed a 32-year-old man at his home in Poultney Friday morning, according to a release from Vermont State Police.

Vermont State Police are investigating the death of 59-year-old Cindy Cook of Barre after her body was found next to a dirt road in Middlesex Wednesday evening. According to preliminary autopsy results, Cook’s death was a homicide. A cause of death has yet to be determined.

State officials are investigating the death of a toddler in the care of a foster family under the supervision of the Department for Children and Families.

A Vermont State Police cruiser watches for speeding drivers on I-89 in September 2015.
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Last spring, analyses of five years of data revealed clear racial disparities in Vermont State Police traffic stops. But after conversations with the troopers whose stops showed the greatest disparities, state police officials say they’ve found no instances of implicit or explicit racial bias.

Police say 33-year-old Markus Austin was shot dead in Montpelier early Sunday morning.

Harwood Union High School has opened its doors today, a federal holiday, to allow its students to come together after a crash on Interstate 89 this weekend killed five teenagers, four of them from Harwood. The school is also holding a candlelight vigil this evening.

Police say five people are dead after a wrong-way driver caused several dramatic crashes on I-89 in Williston around midnight Sunday.

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He took over the post of Vermont State Police director as the state was in the throes of an opiate abuse epidemic. He's had to answer questions about a new study showing racial disparities in VSP traffic stops.

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Hundreds of Vermont state police cruisers are on the road every day – and it’s someone’s job to make sure they’re in good running order.  

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At Town Meeting Tuesday, Londonderry voted to sign an $86,000 contract with the State Police. Supporters of the measure say the police protection will help combat drug activity and a rise in property crimes pegged to the state's heroin crisis.

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Following a deadly drug raid in December, members of Burlington's Police Commission questioned police about how the raid was executed.

As the heroin problem in Vermont has affected more and more families, communities across the state are responding by increasing treatment options for those afflicted by addiction.  

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State police investigators have body camera footage from the scene of a Drug Enforcement Administration raid in Burlington in which officers shot and killed a man, according to state police spokesman Scott Waterman.

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The death of a 28-year-old Vermont State Police trooper earlier this month has prompted a review of training practices at the Department of Public Safety. And officials say they need to find out whether department protocols contributed to the heat stroke that claimed the life of Kyle Young.

Vermont State Trooper Kyle Young died last Thursday because of heat stroke, the state police said Monday.

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Vermont’s largest police force is looking to outfit its troopers with body cameras. The move comes after criminal-justice reform advocates nationwide have issued calls for the use of the recording devices. But body cams for Vermont State Police could add significant new expenses to a cash-strapped agency.

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It's not often that Rutland, Vermont and the Bronx, New York are linked in a news story.

But Vermont's now well-publicized heroin problem has its roots in a drug cartel based in the Bronx. A recent Drug Enforcement Administration bust seized 70 kilos of heroin with a street value estimated at $50 million. This bust broke up a major warehouse that shipped heroin north up Interstate 87 and 90 into New England.

The Vermont State Police worked a combined total of 465 overtime hours in the first week of searching and monitoring border crossings for the two convicted killers who escaped Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, a spokesman said.

State Police spokesman Scott Waterman said Thursday that those hours were coded specifically in relation to the Dannemora escape for the pay period that ended Saturday, June 13. With an average hourly cost of $66.25 per hour, Waterman said the overtime cost the state $30,806.

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